Learning to Take Better Care of Your Family's Teeth

Information On Some Routine Dental Treatments

Routine dental care is so important. It is through those regular visits that the dentist will give you an exam to make sure your teeth are in good health. If there are problems found, then the dentist can take care of them. There are also certain treatments you may have done on a routine basis. Here is some information on some types of routine dental treatments

Routine Cleaning Treatments

When you go in to see your dentist for your dental exam, it will likely include a dental cleaning treatment. Before cleaning your teeth, the hygienist will check the surfaces of your teeth to look for areas of concern, such as tartar and plaque buildup. This lets them know what areas of your teeth to give some extra attention to during the cleaning treatment. 

The hygienist will use a tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth where there is a buildup. Once the tartar and plaque have been removed, your teeth will be polished with a handheld tool and a toothpaste that's gritty. The final step is to rinse and suction your mouth. 

Fluoride Treatments

Some dental offices automatically include a fluoride treatment with the dental cleaning process. However, some dentists reserve this treatment for patients with areas of their teeth that are more at risk of developing cavities due to enamel weakness. 

Fluoride treatment can be done in just a few minutes. The fluoride comes in a gel or foam and will be swabbed or brushed onto the surfaces of your teeth. In some cases, it may instead be put in a tray you will hold in your mouth. It's important for you to refrain from eating or drinking right after a fluoride treatment so the fluoride has ample time to be absorbed into your teeth. 

Teeth Whitening Treatment

There are many things that can stain your teeth. Just some of the things that can stain them include certain foods, some drinks, smoking, and some medications. Teeth whitening treatments in the dental office are much more effective than at-home treatments. 

There are different types of professional-grade teeth whitening treatments dental offices can use on their patients. Some offices will use a tooth bleaching system and others will use a laser tooth whitening system. Then, there are dental offices that have both and will use the one the dentist feels is going to give you the best results.